UNDP Headhunts Strategist For Buhari | TimeTestedNews


President Muhammadu Buhari is poised to hire a strategist who will advise him on how to deliver on key administrative policies, a job placement announced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) shows.

The potential official whose job title will be “senior special assistant to the president on planning and strategy” is expected work under the president’s chief of staff, Ibrahim Gambari.


“The overall objective of the consultant is to support the Nigerian government through the provision of high-quality technical and policy advice and support to the Office of the Chief of Staff,” the UNDP wrote in the job advert.

The advert suggests the presidency is trying to professionalise a chief of staff’s office that was characterised by allegations of political meddlesomeness, inefficiency, and other inadequacies during the tenure of Mr Gambari’s predecessor, Abba Kyari.

The consultancy role is expected to be an interim contract which will run for 12 months, starting from August 3.

Application for the opening closes midnight July 19, New York time.

The successful applicant is expected to report to the UNDP senior economist and will be responsible for the provision of technical advice on strategy, planning and research required to deliver on key presidential, economic and social development priorities, the advert added.

Aside this, the consultant may also be tasked to advise the government on its post-COVID-19 recovery plans and on how to leapfrog national development within the overall context of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Applicants are expected to have Master’s degree or its equivalent in any of international relations, political science, social sciences, business administration, public administration, management or law, and must be fluent in English.